Best Breakfast Green Bowl

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pictured above: a Green Day bowl from Sejuiced, in Newport Beach, CA

Just when I thought the Acai bowl was my favorite new plant based frozen treat, along came this Green Bowl to satisfy my sweet tooth/summertime frozen treat craving!  The color is green, but the taste is like a soft serve tropical ice cream, think pineapple, mango, banana…and I promise you the green does not get in the way of the incredible fruity flavors!  This is thicker than a smoothie, so grab a bowl, a spoon and get ready for a great breakfast, lunch, or anytime treat. Topped with fresh fruit, shredded coconut, goji berries, and even a spoonful of almond butter or peanut butter, this treat will make you smile and dive in for more!

For easy prep, purchase pre washed and packaged baby spinach and kale OR instead of kale just use a * “power greens” mix which has a combination of spinach, kale and chard.  I used a combination of baby spinach and power greens because I wanted more spinach.

Just like the Acai bowl, the green bowl blends best in a high powered blender such as a Vitamix.  I have not tried the recipe in any other blender and it probably wont work as well, especially if you do not have a tamper.  The slimmer tapered container works better than the low profile container because it takes less ingredients to fill up the bottom and maximize the power of the blade.  I use my 48 oz. container, especially when just making one serving.

Ingredients for one serving but this recipe doubles beautifully:

  • A handful of baby spinach and a handful of kale (or instead of kale a handful of “power greens” *see note above)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup liquid of your choice, suggestions to choose from include: water, flax water (1/2 Tbls. flax and 1/4 cup water), coconut milk, almond milk

Method:

Place all ingredients in blender in the order listed.  Start blender on low and ramp up to high using the tamper to tamp the ingredients down until a smooth consistency is achieved and all of the ingredients are blended well.  Remove contents from blender using a spoon or spatula and layer with granola or top with sliced banana, fresh blueberries, granola , shredded unsweetened coconut, goji berries, almond butter or peanut butter, or other toppings of choice.  Consume immediately or freeze for later consumption.  Enjoy!

Please see my blog for a great home made granola recipe: https://wordpress.com/post/dawnielovestocook.wordpress.com/3648

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The Best Acai Bowl

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pictured above (Acai bowl from Sejuiced, Newport Beach, CA)

If you have never tasted an Acai Bowl you are in for a treat!  Think thick, icy smoothie that you eat with a spoon, it eats like a frozen soft serve ice cream but is all natural with no artificial sweeteners…it doesn’t need any extra sweetness because it is SO naturally GOOD!  Add toppings like sliced fresh fruit, granola, cacao nibs, even a spoonful of almond butter or peanut butter and you are in for a very satisfying treat!

I’ve only made this in a high powered blender such as a Vitamix so I can’t vouch for any other blender. I also use my small 48 oz. container versus my larger low profile container, I found the models which have the slimmer taller jar work better because you will be tamping down the ingredients as you blend.

Ingredients for 1 serving :

  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1/4 Acai Stick (can find at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup liquid of choice: water, flax milk (1/2 Tbls. flax with 1/4 c water), almond milk, or coconut milk

Toppings: sliced fresh fruit such as half a sliced banana, sliced strawberries, or your favorite fruit, granola (see note below) , peanut butter, cacao nibs

Method:

Place ingredients in blender in the order they are listed.  Turn blender on low and gently ramp up speed using tamper on high speed to push ingredients down and blend to smooth consistency.  Remove from blender with spoon, and layer with granola and toppings.  Enjoy immediately or freeze for later consumption.

Notes:

The recipe is easily doubled if you are making more than one bowl, the more ingredients the easier to blend.

Alternatively, you can use frozen Pitaya sticks instead of Acai sticks.  I find the Pitaya is an acquired more sour flavor and prefer Acai.

Note: Please see my blog for a great granola recipe: https://wordpress.com/post/dawnielovestocook.wordpress.com/3648